A Wandering Foreigner

Just a Girl on the Road

Solo Travel, South America, Travel, Travel Log

Medellín, Salento & Calí

Currently, I’m in Calí. I’ve been here for two days, and tomorrow I’m going to Ipiales, on the border of Colombia, as I make my way to Quito, Ecuador. Tomorrow is also when I say goodbye to a travel companion who has turned into a very dear friend. We’ve traveled together since Panama City, almost a month now, and needless to say, we’ve had a damn good time. I’m sad to say goodbye (and slightly nervous to  ...

Solo Travel, South America, Travel, Travel Log

Tayrona National Park & A Good Bye to Santa Marta

After recuperating on Sunday from our four-day Ciudad Perdida trek through the jungle and getting some clean laundry, I set out with the girls to Tayrona National Park. Tayrona National Park Tayrona is about a 45-minute bus ride from Santa Marta, and another two-hour walk from the park entrance to various hostels and campsites. We stayed at the campsite Cabo San Juan, which is where everyone told us to go. Tayrona is beautiful. It’s a  ...

Solo Travel, South America, Travel, Travel Advice, Travel Log

Santa Marta and La Ciudad Perdida Trek

So, remember when I said that the Lost City trek (Ciudad Perdida) wasn’t speaking to me? Well, I changed my mind, and I’m so happy that I did. Santa Marta, Colombia After leaving Cartagena, I’ve been in Santa Marta for almost a week now. We arrived after a four-hour, $25,000 bus ride (about $12) and found La Brisa Loca, the best hostel ever! Love this place. It’s cheap (about $10/night), there’s a pool, a  ...

Solo Travel, South America, Travel, Travel Advice, Travel Log

Sailing the San Blas Islands to Colombia

I’m here in Cartagena, Colombia after spending four and a half days on a sailboat from Panama City through the San Blas islands, and I can barely begin to explain the truly magical experience of the trip. Cartagena is beautiful and truly is a gem of the Carribean, but after spending four and half days on a sailboat with the most incredible views and amazing people, I almost feel a bit out of place again. I was so at home on that boat  ...

Solo Travel, South America, Travel Log

From Panama City to Colombia

I’ve been in Panama City for four days now and tomorrow I’m going four-day day sailing trip through the San Blas Islands to Cartagena, Colombia. I was supposed to do this trip differently, with another company and leave on Friday, but I met three girls who were leaving tomorrow and I decided that I wanted to go with them instead. This is why we don’t over plan our trips, people! Luckily, there’s no fee for canceling  ...

Culture Shock, Solo Travel, Travel Log

Culture Shock: It’s a thing

I’m here! In Panama City! It’s freaking beautiful and warm, and I am so culture shocked it’s crazy. It’s not that I’m shocked by what I see, hear, taste or smell, it’s that I’m in a completely foreign country alone where I don’t know the language at all (last night I very quickly realized that my Spanish is terrible and those eight years I spent studying in high school and college have  ...

Solo Travel, Travel Log

And So It Begins

Well, the day has finally arrived. I’m currently typing on my newly purchased iPad mini in the Boise, Idaho airport, as I write my final pre-adventure blog post. It’s crazy that this day is finally here. It actually hasn’t fully hit me yet. As I dropped my backpack off at the check-in counter this morning, the United Airlines attendant asked, “What are you going for?” and I replied, “Just to travel for  ...

Travel Advice, Travel Planning

My Packing List

We’re two days away to take off (eeeek!) and I’ve been trying to pack for about three weeks now… I’ve actually been working on this list for months, strategically trying to wrap my brain around what I’ll want and need for four months. I’ve read countless blogs on what to take and what I’ll need. What I hear/read the most is, “Lay everything out you want to pack and then cut it in half.”  ...

Travel Log

What I Hope To Learn During My Solo Travels

In three weeks, I’m leaving for Panama. Last Friday was my last day at one of my two jobs and it’s now getting to crunch time. I still have a list a mile long of things that need to get done before I leave and now it’s a matter of staying focused as the weeks quickly pass by. The list includes: Immunization shots (next week) Talk to Verizon about an international plan (happening today) Buy travel insurance Do my taxes  ...

Inspiration, Travel Log

44 Days and Counting… Hello 2015!

The holidays are over and it’s a brand new year. Welcome, 2015! I’m so excited you’re here and I’ve got a good feeling about you. I looked at the calendar yesterday and I’m T-44 days away to take off. I can’t believe it. Excited is an understatement and nervous is pretty spot on when it comes to my current emotions. It’s starting to hit me that I’m leaving next month. By myself. For a foreign  ...